Fruit Salad Plant (Monstera Deliciosa)

May 2, 2019

Monstera deliciosa may sound like a spell from Harry Potter, but it is in fact a beautiful flowering plant native to the tropical forests of Southern Mexico and Guatemala, and is probably one of the most famous indoor plants. If you’ve got paparazzi lurking outside your home, it could be that you have a particularly good-looking Monstera deliciosa growing inside.

More mature leaves (left) have holes in their leaves known as Fenustrations. These Monsteras are potted up in our Sandstone Plant Pots in Buff.

Also known as a Fruit Salad Plant, which is more about when it fruits than it’s leaf shape, the Monstera deliciosa is beloved for its ease of care and its ability to become a focal point with its striking good looks.

Whether you are already the proud owner of a Fruit Salad Plant or you are looking to enrich your home with one, we have a few tips for you to keep your plant super healthy.

Boulder Plant Pots make the perfect homes for giant Monsteras (and even little ones, or propagated plants taken from cuttings!).

Environment & Temperature:

The best position for your Fruit Salad Plant is in a bright, well-lit area with filtered light. You can get away with direct sunlight during the cooler months but be careful during summer, as the leaves will burn if left in direct sun light. Conditions above 21 degrees Celsius are ideal, but these guys are pretty forgiving as long as they aren’t exposed to direct sunlight or frost.

Sidenote: Fruit Salad Plants can survive in lower light. However the less light your plant gets, the smaller the leaves will be. Higher light levels will produce faster growth and larger leaves.

Stunning Monsteras all in a row in our Sandstone Plant Pots.

Fertiliser & Soil:

Fertilise monthly during spring and summer.  

Watering:

This plant doesn’t like too much water. Overwatering is the main culprit of Fruit Salad Plant disease and death. When watering, give them a good soaking and then let the water drain. Don’t leave the plant sitting in water, as this can lead to root rot. Signs of this are yellowing or wilting leaves.

Another good tip is to direct the aerial roots, which grow from the main stem, into a container of water. This allows the plant to draw water and reduce the need to water the mixture in your pot.

These Monstera leaves are works of art. Image by ileniamartini.

Pests:

These plants are prone to Mealybugs. Keeping the leaves clean helps keep pests under control. An occasional misting with water to help increase the humidity may also help.

Fruit:

These plants aren’t known as Fruit Salad Plants for nothing! The fruit grows to 25cm in length and is corn shaped with green hexagonal tiles covering it. They are edible, but only when ripe. This can take up to a year. You will know when your fruit is ripe, as the hexagonal tiles will fall begin to off. The fruit tastes like a mix between pineapple, banana and mango – hence the name Fruit Salad Plant.

Warning: the fruit is poisonous if unripened. Symptoms include throat irritation, swelling and pain. So let that fruit ripen and enjoy the complex fruity flavour!

Did you know? 

In some native regions, the Fruit Salad Plant is used for treating snakebites and arthritis. The roots are also used to make baskets and rope.

How stunning! Image of a Mostera Deliciosa Variegata by jeanburrasca81

(16 Comments)

  1. Karen says:

    Thank you, that’s very helpful. Can you advise what to do with the aerial roots of the fruit plant? Should I be putting a stake in? My plant is growing very big, but could have more leaves. It doesn’t seem to be as lush as those in the pictures.

    • Angus & Celeste says:

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks so much for your comment!

      We tend to either let the aerial roots go wild, or tuck them back into the soil.

      They do love to climb, so staking them will help them grow bigger leaves as the plant grows.

      Hopefully those tips help your beautiful monstera get nice and lush 🙂

      Thanks again!

      Angus & Celeste

  2. Mikaela says:

    Hi There!

    This is so helpful, thank you!

    Any tips on what to do if I accidentally left my fruit salad plant outside on an overly hot day and burnt its leaves? Can it regenerate? Or should I hold a plant funeral for it?

    Thanks!

    Mikaela

    • Austen Lehmann says:

      G’day Mikaela!

      Ouch, sunburn! No one likes that. But never fear, your plant should be able to bounce back from this. Move your Monstera into a a bright room with indirect filtered light. This will ensure that the plant gets enough sunlight without another case of sunburn. Keep a close eye on your plant, and ensure that you are watering correctly. Hopefully this will help your plant make a full recovery!

  3. Anna says:

    I have 2 of these beauties in my house and they have been looking great since I got them, but in the last 1-2 weeks the leaves have started to badly yellow. I haven’t overwatered them at all, I’ve been care good this as it’s winter and I know they will hold the water for longer, could it be the cold weather? Winter has hit hard in Adelaide and it’s been very cold already. What else could cause it? I’m worried I’m going to lose them.

    • Austen Lehmann says:

      G’day Anna,

      Generally, yellowing then browning leaves is a sign of overwatering. However, if you believe you aren’t overwatering them, yellowing leaves can also be a sign of cholorsis, which is usually caused by a lack of nutrients in the soil. It may also be the cold weather. Remember, these guys are tropical plants and enjoy heat and humidity, so you may need to think about the environment that you have your plant in. Hopefully your plants recover. Keep us posted.

  4. Geneva says:

    Hi I did the same thing do I cut off the burnt leaves??

    • Austen Lehmann says:

      Hi Geneva,

      You can, but it isn’t necessary. As your plant recovers and begins to grow new leaves, the unhealthy leaves will be discarded.

      Hope your plant is recovering!

  5. Bridget Smits says:

    Hi there!
    Thank you for the tips, very helpful!
    My plant tends to grow outwards to the sides and out of its pot, not upwards in a climbing manner. I’m worried it will soon not be able to support its own weight and a limb may break! Any suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Bridget 🙂

    • Austen Lehmann says:

      Hi Bridget,

      It may be necessary to stake your plant, and train it to grow in the shape you would like it to. You can do this by inserting a stake covered in spaghnum moss.

  6. Millie Jess says:

    Where does the fruit grow from and how much do I water it every day (spray bottle)

    • Austen Lehmann says:

      Hey Millie,

      The Fruit grows up from the base on stalks. In terms of watering, your best bet is to let the soil almost completely dry out before watering again. Spraying water from a spray bottle will help control your plant’s humid environment, but you will still need to water the soil directly.

      Hope that helps 🙂

  7. Sureena says:

    Hi,

    As a new member of the plant community (who knows very little at this stage), can you please explain how often I should water my fruit salad plant? i.e. once per day/once per week?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Austen Lehmann says:

      Hey there!!

      Welcome to the plant community! We recommend you only water this plant once the top two inches of soil are completely dry. To test this, stick your finger into the soil to see how it feels. This will take about two to four weeks depending on the season, position of the plant, and air flow. Routinely check your plant and plant’s soil, and you will come to know what how much water your plant needs. Have a plant is a beautiful and intimate relationship, and paying attention to your plant will reap benefits.

      Hope that helps!!

  8. Eleni Economou says:

    Hello
    With iso I decided to get a Fruit Salad Plant to soften my environment and living space. Little did I know that I shouldn’t water it even day after reading your helpful tips….The leaves started turning yellow so I thought it need more natural light so I took it outside to my backyard and left it there for 2 days. One of those days it was raining, so more water. I thought I was doing the right thing but its now turning brown… Have I killed it🥺? Any advice please?

    Thanks
    Eleni

  9. Angus & Celeste says:

    Hi Eleni! Oh no we are so sorry to hear that! We completely understand where you are coming from and have also sadly lost a few to over watering! It can be tricky as we naturally want to water them more when the leaves begin to turn yellow. Our best advice would be, less water is better than more. It is better for the plants to be craving water as once they receive too much – it is difficult for them to be saved. We would suggest trying to dry out the soil as much as you can. Goodluck! We hope your Fruit Salad Plant makes a swift recovery.

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